Friday, April 10, 2009
Queen Wilhelmina State Park Temporarily Closed
News outlets are reporting that Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena has been temporarily closed due to a power outage from a tornado that struck the area, killing three people.
The park is without power, but did not suffer other damage. If you are planning a visit over the weekend, you should check with them at (479) 394-2863 before heading out. Mena, where the worst of the damage has been reported, is a few miles from the park, but has experienced a major disaster.
Damage was also reported at Mt. Magazine State Park near Paris, where shingles were blown from the roofs of the lodge and visitor center. If you are planning a visit there this weekend, you might contact them at 1-877-MMLodge to check on conditions before heading out.
You can learn more about Queen Wilhelmina by visiting www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ARWilhelmina1 or Mount Magazine by visiting www.exploresouthernhistory.com/armagazine.